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ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippine-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region's school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines' De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. His fiction and poetry were published by online literary journals Asia Writes and Coastal Poems recently. He was a Fellow at the 1972 Silliman University Writers Workshop, Philippines. As a journalist, he worked with the United Press International and wrote an art column for the defunct Philippines Herald.

Thursday, August 18, 2011



When the air is clear and the sun
rises through a mottle of trees,
a riot erupts among the smallest
citizens of the Hollow: fruit flies flit
against a traffic of gnats, like rock-
throwing thugs in a dying ghetto: 

all part of the fun of playing out
dangerous games like staying alive
where there  is always the fear
that sunshine dries the swamps,
exterminating their interim places,
like hooded Chemco sprayers. 

---Albert B. Casuga

Prompt: As always when the air is clear and the sun at a low angle, I’m astonished by how many small insects drift back and forth between the trees. ---Dave Bonta, The Morning Porch, 08-16-11

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